As Australia and the rest of the world tries to protect itself from Coronavirus, many people are finding themselves at home in self-isolation for weeks at a time. Whether you’re required to self-isolate or have simply been instructed to work from home, it can be easy to fall into a slump when you are spending so much time in one place.
Taking care of your mental health during this time is essential, and there are many different ways in which you can do it. Here are a few of our top tips for protecting your wellbeing while at home…
Free Telehealth therapy sessions are available for people who have been told to be in self-isolation; those who are immunocompromised; people who are pregnant or have recently given birth; residents who are over the age of 70; and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50.
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Give yourself a self-isolation routine
While in self-isolation or working from home, it can be easy to let typically important parts of your day fall to wayside. During this time, you might not feel like you have anything you ‘need’ to do, which can make you feel unmotivated, sad and hopeless. For this reason, it’s still a good idea to maintain a routine that makes you feel good and provides a sense of purpose for your days.
Your routine doesn’t have to be strict or complicated. In fact, it could be as simple as making sure you get up every morning, take a shower, make your bed and have a healthy breakfast. Throughout the day you should commit to having regular meals or snacks, and setting aside some time to work or do something else that makes you feel productive. This can give you a sense of purpose throughout a time when it’s difficult to do your ‘normal’, everyday tasks.
Practice physical self-care
Taking care of your physical appearance while in self-isolation can do wonders for your mental health. While you might think there is no reason to get dressed or make yourself look ‘presentable’ if you’re staying at home, over time this lack of self-care can start to take its toll.
Here are a few things you can do each day to improve your mood and wellbeing:
- Get dressed every morning as though you are going out for the day.
- Make sure you shower regularly, even if you feel as though you’re still clean from the day before.
- Keep your surroundings clean and tidy.
- Make sure you go to bed in time to get a good night’s sleep.
Try online classes
Just because you’re staying inside, that doesn’t mean you can’t practice some of your favourite hobbies. As many people can’t attend events and classes as normal due to Coronavirus, you can now take part in activities such as yoga, meditation, exercise and more online.
If there is something you enjoy doing – or a hobby you’ve been meaning to get into – it’s a great idea to do some research and see what resources are available. You can try searching YouTube for guided classes or even contact your regular studio to ask if they’re offering any online opportunities. This is a great way to pass the time by doing something you love!
Use Telehealth services
During this time, the Australian government has extended their Telehealth services for those who are most affected by Coronavirus. Not only can you access GP appointments via Telehealth, but anyone who is in self-isolation or deemed ‘high risk’ can also receive therapy sessions via Telehealth, too.
Who is eligible for Telehealth services during this time?
- Concession card holders
- People over the age of 70
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50
- Immune compromised people or those with chronic health conditions
- Pregnant people and parents with children under 12 months old
- Those who have been told to self-isolate or quarantine by health or regulatory bodies
- People who meet the current national triage criteria for suspected COVID-19 infection
If you meet this criterion, you can ask your psychologist about organising free bulk-billed Telehealth sessions. Of course, if you don’t already have a psychologist, we can help you find a good one! Simply visit our website and use our free service to find a great match for your needs in a matter of minutes!
To learn more about Telehealth services and how they can help you, read our blog.
Limit your consumption of news
If you’re feeling anxious about what’s happening in the world at the moment, it’s a good idea to limit how much time you spend reading the news or being on social media. While you don’t need to completely cut yourself off from these platforms, it is important to understand the negative toll they can take on your mental health. With this in mind, stepping away from the negativity of the news cycle can help to calm yourself down and reduce anxiety.
We’ve written an entire blog on how to stop your smart phone from impacting your mental health. Click here to read our simple yet effective tips!